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This week we’ll be taking a break from regular posting, and today, we’d like to encourage our readers to donate to support the Black Lives Matter movement. We will match readers’ donations up to $15,000 — all you have to do is make a donation to an organization supporting Black causes and forward your receipt, with subject line “donation,” to hello@cupofjo.com.

We will be donating here:

NAACP is a civil rights organization, founded in 1909, which is committed to political, educational, social and economic equality.

National Bail Fund Network is made up of over 60 community bail and bonds funds across the country, including the Minnesota Freedom Fund. It also includes a directory of protest bail funds, if you’d like to donate on the local level.

Know Your Rights Camp, started by Colin Kaepernick, has a mission to “advance the liberation of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders.” Currently, the fund is also providing legal services for people in Minneapolis.

The Equal Justice Initiative works to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment and racial inequality in the United States. They provide legal representation to the most vulnerable people in American society, including prisoners who may have been wrongly convicted of crimes and prisoners who cannot afford effective representation.

Please join us in donating, if you’re able to. We’ll have more posts this week about listening to and amplifying Black voices, as well. Thank you so much for reading.

Update: Oh my gosh, readers donated $150,000 in less than a day, and we are adding our $15,000 for a total of $165,000 to organizations supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. Thank you so much, and let’s keep acting, giving, listening and learning.

P.S. 18 children’s books with characters of color.

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